Isabel López Vilalta & Asociados
Barcelona-based firm Isabel Lopez Vilalta & Asociados has recently completed the Jleo’s restaurant in Madrid’s Chamberi area. The name of the restaurant was born by combining the names of friends and founders José and Leo. The third founder’s surname started with S and was added to the mix. Chamberi was the perfect site for these three young friends to create the new concept “Med Mex”, which is based on the idea of combining the best Mediterranean ingredients with a touch of Baja California. The world of surfing is the main inspiration for the new restaurant.
The design aesthetics reflect a happy and uninhibited view of life, a life centered on sport and activity. Self-constructed houses and sheds provided the influence for materials. Corrugated sheet metal, woodchips, windsurf sails and street-style graffiti were all inspirational elements. Bringing these elements together was key to achieving the exotic flavor of Baja California. It all comes together to transmit individuality, personality and warmth.
Even the lighting concept combines different materials and technologies. The used LED light line VarioLED™ Flex HYDRA LD15 is hidden by a paper construction. This creates a pleasant diffused light and the structure is floating as lighted artwork in the room. By choosing the light color W835 and the tape LD15, high luminance and optimum lighting for a decorative general lighting can be achieved from a functional perspective.